are basically three options for camping
on the islands. Joining a camping tour,
bring your own gear and make your own arrangements
or bring your own gear and use your own
boat to get there.
all of the islands in the Whitsundays are
National Parks. They offer secluded camping
destinations with eco-friendly facilities
to both independent and commercial campers.
The national park campsites are used by
people seeking a range of different adventures
including remote experience, sail camping
safaris and sea kayaking tours. Once
you have a campsite in mind and organised
transport then you can purchase a permit.
Permits can either be purchased through
the Internet on www.qld.gov.au or over the
phone with QPWS on 131304.
Once you have booked
and paid for your permit, you will be given
a booking number and issued a camping tent
tag. If you have booked before arrival,
just call into the Whitsunday Information
Centre when you arrive, pick up you r tag,
write your booking number on it and head
out to your island campsite.
should be self sufficient regardless of
the facilities present at each campsite
water is an essential item. Do not risk
enough food for your intended stay plus
meals for three extra days in case you are
stranded due to weather and native animals
raiding your food. No fires are permitted
in island national parks or on beaches
with you a basic first aid kit including
vinegar for stinger treatment, insect repellent,
sunscreen, hat, sturdy footwear and strong
visiting sites that have bush toilets may
need to bring their own pedestal and screen.
Where toilet facilities are not provided,
a hand trowel is useful for digging toilet
holds. Please bury human waster at least
100 meters from a watercourse or campsite
and all faecal waste at least 15cm deep.
surrounding landscape, plants and animals
should be left undisturbed
beach access walkways and camp only at designated
Keep to the walking tracks. Do not create
new trails by taking shortcuts
not light fires on island national parks
or beaches. Use gas or fuel stoves and lanterns
and detergents harm marine life. Wash away
from waterways and the foreshore area and
scatter wash water when finished
not feed native animals. Human food will
harm them and feeding can lead to aggression
it in - Ship it out' take all rubbish with
you when you leave
Popular with local residents, this is a
suitable campsite for larger groups, with
a good sandy beach backed by rainforest.
A 1km-walking track connects this beach
with Sawmill Beach
Joes Beach provides a seclude campsite and
beach area with outstanding views of Cid
Island and the Molle islands. The fringing
reef provides good snorkelling and is exposed
during low tides.
The dazzling white, pure silica sands of
Whitehaven Beach are one of the best-known
sites within the Whitsunday's. This spectacular
beach is backed by lowland vine forest and
eucalyptus woodland which provides good
The bays of Hook Island offer some of the
mot beautiful fringing reefs that provide
good diving and snorkelling. Maureen's Cove
has a coral rubble beach popular with snorkellers
and divers. This is a frequently visited
anchorage with public moorings. Anchoring
is not permitted in some areas of the bay
and there is no fishing allowed.
A good campsite for bush walkers, with 15km
of graded walking tracks passing through
grasslands, open forests and rainforests
to lookouts with spectacular views. Has
a pleasant beach fringed with casuarinas
and can be readily accessed at mid-high
tides. This site also provides good snorkelling.
This rainforest site backs onto a sandy
beach and overlooks Daydream Island. South
Molle Island is a favorite with bushwalkers
with more than 15km of walking tracks. Access
to the track system from Paddle Bay is only
possible at low tide.
A small island offering pleasant bush camping
with a remote feel. The campsite is set
in dry rainforest behind the beach.
An island that also offers that deserted
feel. The campsite is located in dry rainforests
behind the beach.